Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has claimed the Jat taluka even as the border dispute with Karnataka has sparked angry reactions among the Marathi community. Due to this, the leaders and citizens of this area have decided that even when this taluka is in discussion in the state, ‘What is the taluka, we will not give even an inch of land’.
There has been water shortage in Jat taluk for many years. Many villages were demanding that the villages in the taluk should get water from the Maishal Upsa Yojana. That plan was not getting time. The angry citizens had warned to go to Karnataka because they did not take any notice despite protesting for this. 42 villages had demanded from the state government to provide water or give no objection certificate to go to Karnataka. Apart from this, the Mahajan Commission report also recommended that this taluka should be annexed to Karnataka. In the background of all this, Chief Minister Bommai claimed this taluk. On the one hand, there has been a demand for many years that the villages of Belgaum, Nipani, Karwar along with Bidar and Bhalki should be added to Maharashtra. Instead of taking a decision, villages in Maharashtra are being claimed. This caused angry reactions in the Jat taluk.
Out of anger, 42 villages in the taluka had warned to move to Karnataka due to non-availability of water. But now, as the water of Maishal scheme has reached most of the villages, that problem has been solved. Due to this, there is no question of going to Karnataka.- Tamanna Patil, Former Zilla Parishad Member, Jat